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Goa court orders framing charges against Kamat, Alemao in money laundering case

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Panaji: Goa court on Thursday ordered to frame charges against ex-Chief minister Digambar Kamat and former State Public Works Department minister Churchill Alemao in connection with money laundering in Louis-Berger bribery case.

Judge Sherin Paul at the Special Court at Mapusa ordered that the charges be framed against Kamat and Alemao responding to the complaint filed by the Enforcement Directorate.

Both the accused have been asked to remain present before the Court on July 26 to answer to the charges.

Advocate Siddharth Samant is a special public prosecutor in this case.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had registered a PMLA case in 2015, based on a Goa police FIR. The chargesheet was filed in this connection before Special Court by ED in the year 2019.

It was alleged that the US-based firm had bribed Indian officials with several crores of rupees to win two major water developmental projects in Goa and Guwahati.

The Rs 1,031-crore project, funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), was approved when Digamber Kamat government was in power for augmenting water supply in south Goa and laying sewerage lines in the state’s major cities.

The company had won the consultancy for the project.

Alemao, also the former state Public Works Department minister, JICA project director Anand Wachasunder and Louis Berger’s Vice President Satyakam Mohanty were arrested in the case by the state police earlier.

It was alleged that the state ministers received bribes to the tune of $976,000 to grant contracts for the JICA-funded project in Goa.

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